Global beverage giant Coca-Cola officially inaugurated its new $100 million Cambodian production facility on December 5, significantly increasing its local bottling capacity while bolstering the confidence of foreign investors. The 25,000-square-metre factory, situated on 12.5 hectares in the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone on the capital’s outskirts, replaces Coca-Cola’s former production plant in the capital’s Russei Keo district. Built in 1993, its 10,000 bottle per hour production line could not keep up with growing demand. According to Dana Bolden, vice president of the Coca-Cola Bottling Investment Group, the new plant’s twin production lines can produce about 72,000 bottles and cans per hour. “We’ve got two 600-bottle per minute lines installed so that should give you a good sense of scale, even though the production ebbs and flows based on demand and the number of shifts,” he said. Bolden said the factory currently employs 650 local workers, though the number will change according to seasonal demand. Its products include a wide range of Coca-Cola products, such as Dasani water, Samurai energy drink, Coke, Fanta, Sprite and Diet Coke.